Aaron Judge’s 2-run HR (22), a 438-ft. shot in the top of the eighth, broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the 38-23 Yankees to a 5-3 win over the Angels Monday night.
With the win, the Yankees maintain a 4-gm. lead in the AL East.
Masahiro Tanaka gave up a HR to the second batter he faced, and you thought, here we go again. But he settled down after that to pitch a decent game.
The Yanks tied the game in the third when with two out, Holliday and Castro walked and Didi Gregorius singled in a run.
Didi singled in another run in the fifth to put the Yanks up 2-1.
Chase Headley singled in a run in the seventh to put the Yanks up 3-1 but the Angels tied it in the bottom of the seventh. Both Angels’ runs were unearned due to a Headley error.
Judge then hit his 2-run HR in the eighth to win it.
Judge 2 for 4, scored 3 runs, HR, 2 RBI .347
Castro 2 hits. .328
Gregorius 4 for 4, 2 RBI. .344
Tanaka 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 earned, 2 W, 8 K. Gave 1 HR. 6.07
Clippard (BS, 3; W, 1-3, 1.73) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Betances (S, 6) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.45.
The Yanks’ first round pick in the MLB draft was Clarke Schmidt, a RHP from South Carolina. Great numbers this year but it seems high risk, high reward. Schmidt had Tommy John surgery done last month so the Yanks will be showing a lot of patience with the pick.